For Immediate Release
March 2, 2022


Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s popular First Sunday Free program continues on Sunday, March 6, offering free admission to the galleries and special exhibitions from 10 am–5 pm, along with a series of special activities. March’s theme is “Whatever the Weather,” placing a special emphasis on the environment to celebrate the arrival of spring and the promise of warmer weather.

As a part of the Clark’s special programs offered from 1–4 pm, create art inspired by the natural environment. Use your imagination while you view John Constable's cloud studies in the Manton Gallery of British Art, enjoy the mystical sounds of a wind instrument in the Museum Pavilion, and more!

Visitors can also see the Clark’s new exhibition, As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War. Examining the role artists played in documenting the events and experiences of war, both before and after photography, As They Saw It showcases a diverse selection from the Clark’s holdings: both pro- and anti-Napoleonic imagery (including Francisco de Goya’s The Disasters of War); Civil War photographs and wood engravings; and multiple perspectives on World War I. Also featured are images of Black Americans in military service, whose contributions have often been underrepresented in the historical record.

Additionally, the Clark’s full permanent collection is on view, featuring a rich array of works by artists including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas.

The Clark’s grounds, which are always open free of charge, provide miles of walking trails in a setting of profound natural beauty traversing meadows and woodlands. 

As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War is organized by the Clark Art Institute and curated by Anne Leonard, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; the exhibition will be on view March 5–May 30, 2022. Veterans, active-duty military members, and their families receive free admission to the Clark through May 30.

While admission to the galleries is free to all visitors on March 6, advance registration is strongly recommended. All visitors age 5 and up must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at entry and must wear facemasks indoors. Visit to register and for details on current health and safety protocols.

Family programs are generously supported by Allen & Company.

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 285,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Advance timed tickets are strongly recommended. Admission is $20. During the run of the As They Saw It exhibition (March 5–May 30), all veterans, active-duty military members, and their families receive free admission. Admission is also free on a year-round basis for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including a local library pass program and the EBT Card to Culture. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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